Sorry, reindeer; Santa’s going to be riding a Harley this year. At least that’s his mode of transportation next Tuesday, Dec. 10, for “Santa’s Ride,” an annual charity event in which police officers escort Santa on a countywide tour on motorcycles, SUVs, and police cruisers to collect donated toys for hospitalized children.
The group will stop at several elementary schools along the way, including Belvedere and Columbia, in the Mason District, while students and community members will line up along the road to welcome them.
The public is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donation boxes at various county offices by Dec. 9. There’s a box in the lobby of the Mason District Government Center on Columbia Pike. On Dec. 10, students from Robinson Secondary School will sort the toys by gender and age group.
Law enforcement officers deliver them on Dec. 11 to children with cancer at Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Fisher House at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
“We just want to put a smile on their face. Some of these children may never leave the hospital or see their next birthday,” said PFC Harold Morris, with the Fairfax County Police Department’s motorcycle squad.